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5:52 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

No Changes To Arkansas Funding For Common Core

Arkansas legislators decided against changing the state's education funding bill to delay implementing a set of uniform benchmarks for reading, writing and math for three years.

State Rep. Randy Alexander, R-Fayetteville, proposed the modifications Wednesday in a committee hearing. He wants to bar the state and local districts from spending any public money on Common Core's implementation.

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Local & Regional News
5:46 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Arkansas AG Rejects Wording Of Marijuana Ballot Item

The Arkansas attorney general's office has rejected the wording of a proposal for the November ballot that would legalize marijuana in the state.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office on Wednesday said the measure by Arkansans for Medical Cannabis contains ambiguities in its text.

McDaniel's office says it doesn't explain that passage would change the state constitution. Further, the office cites an ambiguity in a section covering how the state would regulate the sale of some marijuana.

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Local & Regional News
5:43 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Judge Excludes Some Evidence From Martha Shoffner Trial

Credit Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

A federal judge has granted a request by former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner to exclude some evidence in her federal corruption trial next month.

Shoffner is to be tried starting March 3 on a 14-count bribery and extortion indictment.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge J. Leon Holmes ruled that prosecutors can't introduce evidence from 10 new mail fraud charges added this month, for which Shoffner will be tried separately.

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Local & Regional News
5:37 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Harrison City Leaders Struggle To Lose Community's Racist Image

White patriots confront members of a race task force meeting in Harrison. (left to right) Task Force member Layne Ragsdale, Carolyn Cline, local Klan operator Thom Robb and Robb's grandson-in-law Freeland Dunscombe.
Credit Jacqueline Froelich / KUAF

The North Arkansas city of Harrison is taking steps to rebrand itself, but some so-called white patriots are working to mark the town as their territory.

The Ozarks community, roiled by race riots in the early 1900s, has become a magnet for organized hate groups. It also attracted international media attention last fall with a billboard many considered racist.

A local race task force wants to counter that image, but at a recent meeting were confronted by Klan leaders. Jacqueline Froelich with Fayetteville station KUAF has the story. You can hear her report above.

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Local & Regional News
2:18 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Arkansas House Again Votes Down Medicaid Bill

Results of the Private Option vote Wednesday.
Credit Arkansas Times

Legislation to continue Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion has again failed in the state House.

The House on Wednesday voted 68-27 to reauthorize funding for the "private option" that was approved last year as an alternative to expanding Medicaid's enrollment under the federal health law. The measure needed at least 75 votes in the 100-member House.

The measure had failed a day earlier, falling five votes shy on Tuesday.

Under the private option, Arkansas is using federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income residents.

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Local & Regional News
11:20 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Arkansas House To Vote Again On Private Option, Senate Delays Action

Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion is up for a vote in the state House, a day after an effort to keep the program alive failed in that chamber.

The House is expected to vote Wednesday on legislation to continue the "private option" that was approved last year as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health law.

Through the private option, Arkansas is using federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for low-income workers.

The legislation failed in the House Tuesday, falling five votes shy of the 75 needed in the 100-member chamber.

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Local & Regional News
11:10 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Fort Smith Votes Down Pursuit Of Whirlpool Fines

Credit Arkansas Times

Leaders in Fort Smith have rejected a plan to use the city's nuisance laws to fine Whirlpool Corp. for contamination at a former plant site.

According to the Southwest Times Record, the Fort Smith Board of Directors voted 5-2 Tuesday to reject an attorney's officer to seek a fine against Whirlpool for contaminating soil and groundwater with the chemical trichloroethylene decades ago.

Whirlpool is working with state environmental officials on a cleanup plan for the site.

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University of Arkansas System
10:26 am
Wed February 19, 2014

New Chief For University Of Arkansas Press

Credit UAPress.com

The University of Arkansas Press has a new director.

Officials at the Fayetteville campus announced Tuesday that Mike Bieker is the new leader of the publishing house.

Former director Larry Malley retired in December.

Bieker moves up from his post as business manager and assistant director.

The UA Press focuses on publishing books about Arkansas and the broader academic community.

The University of Arkansas Press was founded in 1980 and was first led by poet Miller Williams. Bieker is the third director of the press in its 34 years.

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Arkansas General Assembly
8:56 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

More Votes On Private Option Expected

House Speaker Davy Carter (R, Cabot) speaks to reporters after the Department of Human Services Division of Medical Services appropriation bill failed to get 75 votes for passage.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

 The Arkansas House of Representatives failed to reach a threshold of 75 votes to fund the state’s private option Tuesday. But as KUAR’s Chris Hickey reports, legislative leaders plan to continue to bring the bill up for a vote until the needed votes are secured.

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Local & Regional News
8:15 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Historic Majestic Hotel In Hot Springs Boarded Up

A vintage postcard of the Majestic Hotel in its early days.

The historic Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs is now boarded up.

The hotel complex closed in 2006 after operating for 124 years. City officials say the structure isn't habitable in its current condition and needed to be secured to keep people out.

The Majestic had been owned by the same company that owns the nearby Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa but was sold to Arc Arkansas, which planned to convert the property to apartments, with ground-floor retail. That plan never got off the ground.

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